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Disc Golf–it’s in the air!

If you’re like me you probably get tired of the same routine of exercising at the gym. Cardio, strength training, cardio, strength training, again and again. It gets old, fast.

Well, you’re in luck because I am here to introduce you to a new way to both exercise and have fun at the same time! It’s called Disc Golf. You may have heard of it, or seen a group of people playing at your local park. If you haven’t, listen up…

Disc Golf is played much like the traditional game of “ball golf,” but instead of clubs, players use a flying disc and instead of a hole, there’s an elevated metal basket, or more formally called “the Pole Hole.” The sport was formalized in the 1970′s, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association and shares with ball golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes, or in this case, throws and make Par.

The player tees off from the “Tee Pad.” As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. But, unlike ball golf, the terrain various. Often, a player must maneuver their disc around trees, shrubs and terrain changes located in and around the fairway. This provides challenging obstacles for the golfer.

Also like ball golf, which has various clubs, disc golf has various discs players use depending on the distance being played. There are drivers, mid-range/fairway drivers and putters. And a disc is far less expensive than a golf club.

And unlike ball golf, this game is often free! Rarely are there any green fees associated with the game. As a matter of fact, there are several courses in the Augusta area you can try free of charge, and what’s even better? You can play anytime you’d like, so you’re never stuck with a bad “tee time.”

Free Courses:

Lake Olmstead Park - 2200 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904 – (706)736-7889
Patriots Park - 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown, GA 30813 – (706) 863-7523
Pendleton King Park - 1738 Pine Tree Road, Augusta, GA 30904-5068 – (706) 733-4176
Riverview Park - 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841 - (803) 441-4300

Green Fee Courses:

Wildwood Park, located in Appling, GA is home to the IDGC (International Disc Golf Center and Hall of Fame) and also home to one of the most challenging disc golf courses in the area. This course is a paid course and monies are used for donation purposes.
3828 Dogwood Lane, Appling, GA 30802 – (706) 309-9017

For more information on disc golf, I recommend visiting the sites below…Hope to see you on the course!

Professional Disc Golf Association

Augusta Disc Golf Association

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A few days ago, I met some friends for a leisurely paddle up the Savannah River.  Our route took us up river, then up Rae’s Creek to Aqueduct Park, back to the river, up around a few islands and back to a boat ramp in North Augusta where we began.  Starting just a few hundred yards up river from downtown Augusta, it looked like this:

The weather was beautiful and there’s nothing quite as nice as getting on the river on a warm summer evening.  We looked for fish, turtles, ducks and other wildlife while we paddled up Rae’s Creek towards Aqueduct Park and met a man Stand-Up Paddling.  It looks like something fun I’ll have to try!

 

Aqueduct Park is a great spot to cool off and a lot of folks were taking advantage of the cool water!

 

Coming back to the river, we paddled upstream passing small islands and beautiful Spanish-moss covered cypress trees. 

We struggled against the current a little ways up the shoals and were rewarded with a fun ride down some very small rapids.

  

If you’d like to kayak or canoe on the Savannah River, you can rent both from Broadway Bait & Tackle or rent canoes from the Riverwalk Marina.

 

Broadway Bait & Tackle

1730 Broad Street (at the canal)

Augusta, GA 30904

(706) 738-8848

http://www.broadwaytackle.com/servlet/the-697/CANOE-RENTAL-KAYAK-RENTAL/Detail

Riverwalk Marina

1 5th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
(706) 722-1388

The Augusta GreenJackets are back!

The Augusta GreenJackets are back, and their fans could not be happier! Crowded gates are what you’ll encounter when you first walk up to Lake Olmstead Stadium, the home of Augusta’s minor league baseball team, but no worries, because the lines move very quickly.

When you enter the stadium your senses will be greeted by the sight of GreenJacket fans strolling around sporting their game attire, you’ll hear about the excitement of last games homerun by those in passing and you’ll smell fresh popcorn being popped and hotdogs being grilled.

The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia, as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the GreenJackets since the 1995 season. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket. The GreenJackets season begins in April and concludes in early September.

My first game of the season just happened to be the first of several “Thirsty Thursdays.” Each and every game played at home on a Thursday baseball patrons can enjoy dollar draft beer and fountain sodas! And that’s only one of several promotions offered.
Monday – dollar hotdogs
Tuesday – two-for-one
Wednesday – Baseball Bingo
Friday – alternating promotions
Saturday – fireworks
Sunday – kids eat free

Tickets are inexpensive and GreenJackets games are fun for the entire family. Individual game tickets can be purchased for as low as $7.00 for general seating. There are also several ticket packages depending on your needs, including season passes for you baseball enthusiasts! Do you have a large group? No problem! Lake Olmstead Stadium has the accommodations. Book their private party pavilion.

The Augusta GreenJackets play April through September, so there is still time for you to catch plenty of the action!

The Augusta GreenJackets
Lake Olmstead Stadium
78 Milledge Rd  Augusta GA 30904
(706) 736-7889

Harlem Globetrotters come to Augusta!

Guest Blog Submission by Carly Kobasiar of the Augusta Sports Council

The Harlem Globetrotters came to Augusta for a one-night only engagement at James Brown Arena. I remember going to a Globetrotters game as a little girl and enjoying their wild antics, so when I heard they were coming to Augusta I knew I had to see them again!

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences for 85 years. They have performed for everyone from Presidents to Popes and have dunked their way into the hearts of basketball fans of all ages.

Fun for the entire family!

The show began with some cool break-dancing moves to the unmistakable sounds of the Globetrotters’ theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” It really got the crowd going as the Globetrotter’s took the floor and the game was underway!

Globetrotters breaking it down.

The basketball game was almost secondary, as the Globetrotter’s fancy ball-handling and awesome slam dunks steal the show. If you go to a game and you are lucky to have tickets on the sideline, there’s a good chance that they will make you part of the show! Everyone is a target at the Globetrotter’s game, from little kids, to grandparents!

Slam Dunk!

Want to be part of the show?

The Globetrotter’s won the game 89-77, which was no surprise since their hapless opponents, the Washington Generals haven’t won a game since 1971!

The Harlem Globetrotters game was just one of many events held at Augusta’s James Brown Arena. The venue hosts sporting events, concerts and trade show throughout the year. Visit http://www.jamesbrownarena.com/ for more information.

To catch a Harlem Globetrotter’s game near you, check out their tour schedule at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Masters Tournament

At the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, we get a lot of calls about the Augusta National Golf Club’s Masters Tournament. Below are just a few of the more regular questions. Please do not hesitate to call us with other questions about your visit to Augusta at 800-726-0243 or visit our website.

Question: I did not get tickets for the Masters 2011, is it too late to apply for the lottery?
Answer: Yes, it is too late. You will need to reapply. Applications are accepted starting in May the year before and usually due by the end of July. 

Question: I cannot do a lot of walking; can a wheelchair be rented at the tournament?
Answer: Wheelchairs are allowed on the course, but the Augusta National Golf Club does not rent out wheelchairs. In previous years you could rent them from DuraMed 706.737.0500.

Question: I am not planning to rent a car; do hotels in the area provide shuttle service?
Answer: Yes, many hotels provide shuttle service from hotel to golf course and back, at a nominal cost or not at all.

Question:
Where can I park once I arrive to the golf course? How early do I need to be there?
Answer: The Augusta National Golf Club has allocated a very large area of free parking spaces during the Masters Tournament. Gates normally open at 8am daily during the tournament.

Question:
I received a notification letter that I won tickets for the practice round so I will be coming to Augusta in April, where can I stay?
Answer: You can access the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau website to get a listing of hotels in the area, or we can mail you a visitor’s guide. Websites for research: http://www.augustaga.org/

Question: I noticed that my check has been cashed, when do I receive my tickets?
Answer: Typically tickets begin to be mailed out starting mid-January. If you have questions or concerns about your tickets contact the Augusta National Golf Club directly at 706.667.6000 and ask for Tournament Information. 

Question: Is the Golf Course within walking distance of the hotels on Washington Road?
Answer: No, it is not. The closest hotel is about a mile from the front gate. 

Question: What is the dress code?
Answer: Appropriate clothes and shoes should be worn at all time. You will mainly see golf casual on the course. Layers are also recommended since mornings are still a little cool. 

Question: I would like to play some golf while I am in Augusta, can you recommend some golf courses?
Answer: Augusta has many great golf courses to play. However, during the week of Masters Tee times should be made well in advance. 

Question: It is March and I have not received my tickets yet?
Answer: Perhaps you provided a forwarding address; the Augusta National does not forward tickets to addresses not matching the application. If that is the case, then most probably the Club has your tickets, otherwise for any other reason you will need to contact them directly 706.667.6000. 

Question: Can I bring an infant with me to the Practice Round?
Answer: All attendees must have a badge.

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